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Setting Up a Snowbird Lifestyle in Florida? Consider Home Management Services!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in General | 0 comments

Setting Up a Snowbird Lifestyle in Florida? Consider Home Management Services!

Do you have a vision for your retirement? Many people dream about the snowbird lifestyle, where they move to warmer parts of the country such as Florida for a few months of the year. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind if you want to set up a snowbird lifestyle, including the following:   Health Care Not only do you need access to doctors and hospitals while you are snowbirding, but you need to make sure that your health care scheme will cover you if you are moving between states. Traditional Medicaid should be fine, but if you have supplement gap coverage, make sure that you are not limited to treatment in your current state.   Taxes The amount of time you plan on spending in Florida varies between people. If you plan to spend half the year at your second home, you should consider establishing...

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Questions To Ask When Selecting A Homewatch Service Provider

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Home Management Services | Comments Off on Questions To Ask When Selecting A Homewatch Service Provider

Questions To Ask When Selecting A Homewatch Service Provider

South Florida has become a popular spot for snowbirds. After season, many of these snowbirds go back to their primary residences in other states across the U.S. Homewatch services have become very popular for a number of reasons. Not only do homewatch providers maintain pools, lawns, electrical systems, and check for pests in and around your home, they often offer security services as well. It is a great way to keep tabs on your second home.   When it comes to your South Florida property, there is a lot at stake. A second property is a big investment and you want to make sure you are entrusting the homewatch function to a reliable service provider. Here are a few questions to ask before you hire a homewatch company:   Do You Have Testimonials? References from people that the company has done business with in the past are also crucial....

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What Do I Need To Know About Buying A Second Home In South Florida?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Home Maintenance | Comments Off on What Do I Need To Know About Buying A Second Home In South Florida?

What Do I Need To Know About Buying A Second Home In South Florida?

Owning property is a big dream for many. It is one of the most reliable ways to build wealth. But what about buying a second property in South Florida?   If you enjoy vacationing in South Florida, and if you want to establish more stability and greater roots in the area, then buying a second property could be a good idea. This might not be something that many young people can do, but an increasing number of people in their fifties and sixties are buying second properties in their favorite vacation spots in preparation for their retirement or simply because they love the snowbird lifestyle. Being older means that you know what you like, you likely have an established career, a solid credit history, and perhaps you have also already paid off your first mortgage. If this sounds like you, there are still a few things to consider before...

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Preparing Your Garden For Spring In South Florida

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in General | Comments Off on Preparing Your Garden For Spring In South Florida

Preparing Your Garden For Spring In South Florida

Spring is around the corner, which means your garden in South Florida may need to be prepared for the warmer weather. Preparing for spring is an important part of your yard maintenance, and setting your garden up for success is easier than you may think. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:   Transplant Plants That Aren’t Flourishing Many times, you plant certain flowers, trees or plants in a seemingly perfect spot, but something outside of your control leads it to become a problem. Even experienced gardeners make mistakes such as planting too close to the property line. The start of spring is a great time to transplant plants to a new area because the cooler weather allows the roots to easily transition to their new spot.   Be Cautious With Pruning Certain plants, such as hydrangeas, should not be pruned in the spring as you run...

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Safeguard Your Vacation Home For The Hot Summer Months.

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Home Management Services | Comments Off on Safeguard Your Vacation Home For The Hot Summer Months.

Safeguard Your Vacation Home For The Hot Summer Months.

It is essential to safeguard your vacation home during the hot, humid months in Florida, when most vacation homes are empty due to the “snowbirds” returning to their summer homes.   Here are a couple of tips to follow:   Monitor Your Bills Monitor your electricity and water bills for any unusual variances during the months you are not there to check for any unusual activity.   Air Conditioner, Humidity Management, And Mold Prevention Set your programmable A/C to run for at least 2 hours a day during 12 am and 6 am at 72 degrees, and at 88 degrees for the remainder of the time. Other A/C should be set to 80 degrees during the time you are away. Change or if washable, then wash the A/C filter as dirt can lead to mildew and mold growth. Set dehumidifiers and/or humidistats to 58 percent RH to maintain the...

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What is a Home Watch Service?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Home Watch | Comments Off on What is a Home Watch Service?

What is a Home Watch Service?

If you spend a lot of time away from your home, perhaps on business trips, or if you own a vacation home, you probably worry about it standing vacant for long periods of time. This is the reason why most people turn to a home watch service provider for help. What is a home watch service? What exactly does this service entail? We have the answers for you below:   What is a Home Watch Service?  A home watch service is exactly what it says – it is when experts keep an eye on your home and take care of its general maintenance when you are unable to. A home watch service provider will ensure enhanced security first and foremost. Aside from conducting routine inspections, it should also respond quickly to any security system alarms – day or night, throughout the year. However, a home watch service is about...

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Annual Vacation Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Home Maintenance | Comments Off on Annual Vacation Home Maintenance Checklist

Annual Vacation Home Maintenance Checklist

If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, you’ll know just how important regular vacation home maintenance is in order to keep it in tip-top condition all year round. In an effort to help simplify the process, we’ve put together an annual vacation home maintenance checklist for your convenience. Spring and Summer Home Maintenance This is the perfect time to give your vacation home a new lease on life by cleaning and maintaining your home to be ready for your next winter visit. Some of the areas to be checked for maintenance are: Check the exterior of the home for the following: Roof damage Crack or movement in concrete Paint chips Holes that needs repairing Gutters – do they need cleaning or any maintenance Windows and doors – check for damaged or rotted wood and reseal or replace, reapply exterior caulk if the gap around the door or...

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How to Prevent Mold in Your Florida Vacation Home

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Home Maintenance | Comments Off on How to Prevent Mold in Your Florida Vacation Home

How to Prevent Mold in Your Florida Vacation Home

If you own a vacation home in Florida, then you are undoubtedly tasked with everything from repairs and maintenance to keeping your lawn and pool in shape. Some things that few home owners stop to consider are whether their houses could be infected by mold. And yes, it is more common than you think!   While some people are not particularly sensitive to mold, those with asthma and allergies can see their health deteriorate if they are in an environment that has been infected with mold. Musty smells and watermarks are usually signs of mold, in which case you might have to hire a professional to remove it. Here are some tips to prevent mold from growing in your house in the first place:   Keep Things Dry If you kids taking a dip in the pool have and leaving wet towels on the floor, make a rule that...

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Tips to Protect Your Garden and Home During Hurricane Season | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Hurricane Preparedness | Comments Off on Tips to Protect Your Garden and Home During Hurricane Season | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

Tips to Protect Your Garden and Home During Hurricane Season | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

If you live in or own property in Florida and the surrounding area, chances are that you will come face-to-face with a hurricane in your lifetime. By hiring professional estate and garden management teams to always be available to prepare your property in the event of a hurricane, you can effectively protect your garden and home when one strikes.   Ways to Prepare Your Garden and Home for Upcoming Storms and Bad Weather    The time to prepare for a storm or hurricane is now, while the weather is good and there is no sign of a cloud in the sky. Do not wait for a storm to be on its way before you start scrambling around to prepare. Here is what you can do:   Maintain the trees and shrubs in your yard. Weak branches and trees that could fall or break easily should be pruned and cut...

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Preparing Your Lawn for Fall in South Florida | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Home Maintenance | Comments Off on Preparing Your Lawn for Fall in South Florida | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

Preparing Your Lawn for Fall in South Florida | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

The Florida sun is starting to set a little earlier and rise a little later. And, you know what that means… Fall is here! One thing is for sure; your garden has already noticed the change in season and you can now expect for your lawn to transition from a growth phase to a dormancy phase. If you own a property in South Florida and if you are not always around to take care of it, you might be concerned about how to prepare it so that it is able to survive the fall.   Preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida does not have to a be a tricky task. If you are away or do not have the time, the services or a professional estate management or landscape maintenance team can make things easier for you. Why Does Lawn Need to be Prepped for Fall in...

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